“The to frighten Protestants into the papal fold.

“The Heresy Act 1382 was an Act of the Parliament of England. The Act stated that the Chancellor should issue commissions for the arrest of heretical preachers by the authority of certificates from the bishops” (Wikipedia). The reinstatement of the Heresy Acts resulted in the burning of 283 protestants as heretics. These religious persecutions are what made her unpopular among the people  and is what later on earned her the nickname “Bloody Mary.”, The nickname “Bloody Mary” came to be well after Mary’s death. After the burning  Mary and her husband, Philip,  had no children. Childless by 1558, Mary had gone through  several false pregnancies, the symptoms she had thought were signs of pregnancy were actually indications of an ovarian disease.  She died at St. James Palace, on November 17, 1558, and was interred at Westminster Abbey. When Mary died in 1558, the crowds who cheered her five years earlier and made her such a popular figure political leader, were then heaving sighs of relief at her passing, Mary died unmourned, unloved, and unrepentant,  “Her great ally Cardinal Pole survived her by only twelve hours; with the two of them died any chance of a restoration of the Catholic faith” (Useful Notes/ Mary Tudor), any hope that Mary had of restoring the catholic hope was gone, she did not fail because of strategies, but by misfortune that she was apart of the worst harvests and epidemics in the century and she unfortunately died before her hard work had any chance to take root and grow and expand throughout the country. Many of Mary’s motives were all around religion, even on her deathbed she begged her half-sister to keep the Catholic Church in power. Elizabeth I succeeded her in 1559 finally, she able to restore Protestantism, and the church of England remained in power over the Catholic Church. As seen Mary was never too brutal in her life until it became a threat to the most important thing, her faith. “As a devout Roman Catholic, Mary was determined to bring England back into the arms of Rome” (Useful Notes/ Mary Tudor)  Before the protests, she was seen as kind and compassionate, even in her family Mary was asked by friends to stand godmother to their children showing how she really was never a brutal person to start with, and also acted as a mother figure to her younger siblings. Mary showed clemency toward her political opponents in the early part of her rain. Although mostly quite merciful when it came to her opponents or conspirators against her, Mary treated her religious enemies with no mercy.  “The object of Mary’s policy of persecution was to frighten Protestants into the papal fold. It was not successful, and may well have been counterproductive: there is evidence to suggest that the sufferings of the victims often aroused sympathy and provided a source of inspiration and. strength to some Protestants.” (Rathbone) The only event that casted the nickname over “Bloody Mary” over her was the burning of 238 protestants. She was a very popular leader in the eyes of the people before the terrorific event of the burnings. It is stated that she would take time out of her day to visit people and take care of the people in need, she treated others with respect. The respected she treated others with, she never received from anyone, from being a disappointment to her father for not being male and the burden that her mother did not want to carry. These events at a young age could have lead Mary to become such a cruel person when it came to protesting that she cared very much for.


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